Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Level Playing Field
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place."
Did you know my husband, Danny, and I don't have cable television? Now do not think for a moment that we can't watch shows we like via Netflix and Hulu. But we can't view news/shows/sports in real time. Honestly, that's not a bummer.
Until it comes to college football season.
Oh, how we miss watching Georgia and Georgia Tech, Danny's alma mater, games! The now old-fashioned radio comes through for us, though it's not the same as seeing the action on the big screen.
So imagine our excitement when we realize, while at our recent cabin stay, we can view both Georgia Tech and Georgia play live. It's the ultimate icing on the cake for our idyllic visit to the mountains the day before we are scheduled to depart.
The Tech game comes on first. It is truly a see-saw battle on the field with Virginia Tech (and can anyone explain to me what a 'Hokie' is?). But the Jackets manage to squeeze out a 28 to 22 victory, moving the team to #2 in the ACC Coastal division. Quite the accomplishment!
But the game we are convinced will be a blow-out is the SEC #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs against the #10 Auburn Tigers.
It's a blow-out, alright. Powerhouse Georgia seemingly pulls the plug on their winning streak, falling to Auburn in a whopping 40 to 17 loss. What a crushing disappointment for the team and the fans. In one fell swoop, Georgia is plucked from #1 and dumped to #7 in the rankings.
That's one big piece of humble pie to chew and swallow.
Whether it was the pride and conceit a #1 standing can create in a team, or if they were simply having an off-day, we may never know. But the humiliation remains.
And Jesus' parable in Luke 14 comes to mind.
We all tend to think more highly of ourselves than is actually the case. Pride? Yes! Instead, we should be humble, remembering that rankings or not, we are all #1 in the eyes of God.
He alone levels the playing field.
And win or lose in the game of football, or in life, He will never cease to love us.
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